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Posted: February 22, 2011

Today I got a strange phone call – “We’re from Lowe’s home delivery and we just wanted to make sure your home, we’re on our way there with your new freezer.”

I was like, what?!?!?!!?

It turns out, that today is my 26th birthday.  I had forgot, but my mom didn’t.  She got me a freezer for my birthday!  I have seen so many awesome deals on frozen juice, ice cream, frozen chicken, etc… and wasn’t able to stock up because I didn’t have a separate freezer (just the one that is with the fridge – and mine is unusually tiny).

I am so excited! I’m already planning on doing freezer jams and feeling so blessed today.   What a great unexpected surprise to make my day!  And it’s the standing-up kind that take up less space, how thoughtful is my mom???

Ask CCD Readers: Has anyone ever surprised you on your birthday?

Posted: February 22, 2011

Sell Used  Books Online - Quick Cash, Free Shipping, Free Quotes!

I posted about over here last year, and I am still getting emails from people telling me how much they got paid to sell their books!

Mari Bell said:

“I just sold 7 textbooks and got $90!!!! They ranged from $3- $35. I was just glad to get rid of them!!!”

Cahs 4 Books is mostly looking for books 2007 or newer, any type of book. But enter in all your un-wanted books ISBN #’s just in case they will buy them from you!

Just enter in your ISBN #, if they want the book they pay for your shipping label and deposit money directly into your Pay Pal account.

Scan your books with your iPhone iPod Touch!!!!

Now they have an iPhone/iPod app that let’s you scan the barcodes of your books, and it tells you how much they are buying them for!   Tip: Scan books at garage sells! They might be $.25 at a garage sell, and $5 on!

Ask CCD Readers: Have you tried Cash 4 Books?

Posted: February 16, 2011

Now this won’t be in all Kraft First Taste accounts, but rumors are they are in many accounts! If you’re new to Kraft First Taste, it’s a great program that gives you freebie coupons!

Ask CCD Readers: I got it, did you?

More freebies!

Thanks, MojoSavings!

Posted: February 16, 2011

I am sending out an email to CCD subscribers in about an hour that contains info on a great giveaway for CCD readers only! Subscribe in the form below so you don’t miss out:

Posted: February 11, 2011

Lot’s of readers are reporting a virus from  This virus is not from, but a fake alert generated by some third-party – here’s an excerpt of the most important parts of a letter

The one thing that we are absolutely certain of is that it does not exist within our servers, our software, or our website’s source code.We have been been able to determine that users that are affected by this fake alert are not infected with a virus unless he or she complies with the prompts.

Whenever and wherever you encounter a redirect trojan of this kind on the Internet, never click on any part of the window or any prompts that may subsequently appear. The safest thing to do at that point is to force the browser to close by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete, running your Task Manager, and manually shutting down all of your browser and prompt windows.

Do not click on the little X at the top, the OK or Cancel button.  Click on Ctrl+Shift+Delete all at the same time.  Then right-click on the pop-up item on the list, and click on End Task. This will ensure you don’t get infected.

Ask CCD Readers: I have personally never seen this virus and will continue using, what about you?

Posted: February 6, 2011

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Family Dollar. All opinions are 100% mine.

Guess where all the items in the picture above are from – Family Dollar! They have their own brand of decor, Interiors by Design, with some really nice looking items that look like they are from Pier 1 or other higher-priced stores!

Right now, you can take this Family Dollar Home Décor Coupon good for $5 off at $25 home decor purchase or anything in the store, and get these great deals (keep in mind the coupon expires 02/07, so hurry!)

  • Matching bath sets for only $5! These include a wastebasket, tumbler, toothbrush holder and soap dish.
  • Mirrors for $10
  • Lamps for $6
  • 4-piece queen comforter set $38 (only $ $32 with the coupon!)
  • Bath towels for $5
  • Mini-blinds for $3.50 -great for dorms
  • Rugs for $5 or $10!

My favorite deal is the comforter set, I think it looks really classy and I doubt anyone would ever think it was from the dollar store! Of course, mini-blinds for $3.50 is pretty great too. I also saw they have wall metal clocks for $20. If these are heavy metal and nice-looking durable clocks, then scoop that up with a $5 item so you can use your printable coupon, and you've got yourself another great way to make your home look fancy for less.

Ask CCD Readers: What's your favorite deal?

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Posted: February 2, 2011

I just got this question in my inbox (I took out some parts as it was long):

How do you tell when these type of contests, giveaways, etc. are legitimate and people are just out there to post them and get information? Is there a way to tell?

I worry a lot sometimes about identity theft, fraud, viruses and all those stupid things that seem to come along with the internet. What is your advise?

On my site,  and all sites, when you enter your email address in the required field, it is secure and NOT shown to the public when your comment is posted, but is saved with the comment so if you win a giveaway we know how to contact you.

Some sites have you enter your email in the comment – spambots could find your email and spam you.  I never enter those contests.

When you sign up for free samples, I sign up with a “junk email” address that I never check.  It’s important; however, to sign up with a real email address for giveaways or you will (on my site & most giveaway sites) be ineligible to get your prize since when you are emailed to claim your prize you won’t get the email.  But for free samples, they rarely confirm your email, so you can use a junk email for signing up for them.

Also, when you sign up for free samples, use a auto-form filler to save you time – no more manually entering your mailing address again and again. I use Mozilla Firefox’s add-on. Then since it is so quick to sign up, you don’t feel so bad if you never get it in the mail.

Also, to enter a giveaway or get a free sample, your social security number or credit card info should never be required – I would NEVER enter a giveaway or request a free sample that required that info.

Disclamer: I think this example below  was a rare case, most bloggers I have met are highly ethical!
“Fake Giveaways”: really I have only come across one of these.  I often click on my giveaway linky and view other sites giveaways, and if I like them, I contact the company sponsoring the giveaway and ask if they’d like to do one on my site as well.  So I found a giveaway for Dyson Vacuums once, and emailed Dyson with a link to the giveaway and said I would like to host a giveaway.  They responded that they weren’t sponsoring that giveaway!  I looked at the blog hosting the “dyson giveaway” some more and noticed that they had an alexa rank of over 1 million.  Companies sponsoring giveaways want them on sites with low alexa ranks.  Thus I concluded the best way to decide if a giveaway is real is to look at the blogs rank  (it’s easy! just type in the url at and it shows! You don’t have to sign up or login), and if the blog has a high alexa rank, but the giveaway is for a BIG item, it’s not a real giveaway.

Anything under 200,000 is a great alexa rank!

Blogs around 1 million alexa will still get giveaways that are legit! But they won’t be from Dyson or be high-value giveaways.   That’s one way to tell, I know it’s a lot of work, but in my opinion most blog giveaways ARE legitimate.  Giveaways get the word out about companies and they are happy to sponsor them.  But they always check your stats before they sponsor you, at least this has been the case for me.

So in short, the more traffic a blog gets, the more high-value giveaways they are going to have.

I hope this answers your questions!

Ask CCD Readers: Chime in! Have you anything more to say or tips, or did long-winded me already say it all?

Posted: January 10, 2011

I just wrote an article that got published on Yahoo! It’s 6 mistakes newbies to couponing make that can easily make them quit couponing.

Ask CCD Readers: I’d love for you to tell me what you think of it! Also, what mistakes did you make when you first started couponing?

Posted: January 5, 2011

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! Winner was Rachel (clarkerrr) rachel.or.clark@…com

I received a Powermat to try out, plus two receivers and and iPhone/iTouch charging receiver. If you haven’t heard of a Powermat before, they are designed to de-cord your plugin area, and if you are lucky enough to have a phone that is on the list of phones covers for powermat, then you don’t have to plug your phone in at all. You just drop it on the Powermat and go. The Powermat comes with a receiver that you put on the powermat, and then plug into your phone if there is no cover yet for your phone.

As you can see in the picture, on the far right, you have a receiver you plug your phone into if it doesn’t have a cover. This is the situation for me and my husband. There are 7 different size tips that come with each receiver, so no matter what type of phone you have you’ll be able to plug it in. And then if you have guests over and they forget their charger, you can easily change tips and plug in whatever phone they have.

Just put the Powermat cover on your phone (as shown above), then you can drop the phone right on the charging station without having to plug it in! Wireless charging – WHOO-WHO!

Powermat also offers covers for Nintendo DSi and DS Lites so you can wirelessly charge them as well- and right now CCD readers can receive one Nintendo DSi or DS Lite receiver FREE from Powermat with any powermat order- add it to your cart and use code: FREEBACK

Overall, I think this product would be best for people who have phones that can have the covers so that you don’t have to plug in your phone anymore. Otherwise you still have to plug in your phone, you just use less cords/outlets. It does look nicer than having lots of cords lying around too.  I also like the auto-shutoff feature to stop charging when your phone is fully charged already.

Giveaway: 1 winner gets one Powermat with up to three receivers!

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Posted: January 3, 2011

We’ve always known Walmart’s coupon policy was to take manufacturer’s coupons and manufacturer’s printable coupons, and I’ve said before that they are supposed to take competitor’s in-store coupons.  Well, you may want to clip a copy of this week’s Walmart ad and take it with you whenever you go in and they hassle you! It clearly states that Walmart will price match any competitor’s printed ad or coupon for an identical product!

Ask CCD Readers: Will Walmart stack other store’s coupons with manufacturer’s coupons? Let me know if you have tried this before!

(Thanks, Ohio Coupon Connection!)

Posted: December 30, 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, I am wondering what your favorite deal you scored in 2010 was.  Mine was my tonka dump truck that seats two kids and goes 5 MPH.  $90 for a regularly priced $349 power wheels, and it works great!

I had to laugh after watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing because it really didn’t mention that the deal is more important than the coupon.  Sometimes, you can get amazing deals without coupons!  I hope that people realize you can be a cuckoo coupon lady without spending 70 hours a week couponing.

Also, I hope people who watched the show understood what a big help people are who donate their coupon stashes to local charities are.

If you are new to “extreme couponing”, make sure to read my coupon training guide to learn how to save time and money couponing.  Don’t forget about my extremely popular video on organizing coupons.

Ask CCD Readers: What did you think of TLC’s take on couponing? Also, what were your favorite cuckoo deals you scored in 2010?

Posted: December 26, 2010

Post-Christmas is the best time to get decorations for next Christmas!  Here’s the mark down schedule for Christmas decorations, lights and candy by store for the day after Christmas:

Walmart: 50% off, $1-7 select clothing

Target: 50% off
75% off – three days after
90% off – a week after

Kmart: 50% off

Lowes: 60% off including select electrical cords!

Home Depot: 50% off

Big Lots: 50% off

Rite Aid: 50% off

Walgreen’s: 50% off candy only – all other merchandise shipped back to their headquarters.

CVS: 50% off – will go down further in 2 days

Now if you are looking for the biggest Christmas markdowns, 75% off or more, you’ll have to wait a few more days.  In my experience, the best items go quickly so you may not want to wait too long.  Christmas lights always go quickly, as people want matching sets of lights.

Ask CCD Readers: Have you found any great after Christmas clearance items?

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